Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice

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Southern Illinois University Press
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5.91 X 9.21 X 0.55 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Lauren E. Obermark, associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is coeditor of The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and beyond the Classroom. She has published on rhetoric, pedagogy, social justice, and public memory in Rhetoric Review, College English, and Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning.


"Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice is a seminal work of extraordinary scholarship."--Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review

"Lauren E. Obermark deftly explores three compelling museum spaces to consider both the rhetorical and social justice pedagogy they cultivate for visitors. Engaging Museums extends and invigorates conversations in rhetorical studies centered at the nexus of public memory and rhetorical education, and it offers powerful heuristics that will deepen and complicate readers' teaching and their museum attendance."--Jessica Enoch, author of Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work

"Obermark tackles a critical issue by exploring the techniques of an often-overlooked partner. Her timely analysis of three midwestern museums is critical but complex, equally ready to learn from successes and challenges. What I most appreciate is her willingness to put her own thought processes on display as she grapples with how best to engage in public education for social justice action."--Elizabeth Weiser, author of Museum Rhetoric: Building Civic Identity in National Spaces